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Is race still relevant? Student perceptions and experiences of racism in higher education

Wong, B. ORCID:, Elmorally, R., Copsey-Blake, M., Highwood, E. and Singarayer, J. (2021) Is race still relevant? Student perceptions and experiences of racism in higher education. The Cambridge Journal of Education, 51 (3). pp. 359-375. ISSN 1469-3577

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2020.1831441


This paper explores the current views and experiences of university students toward issues of race and racism in England. A decade into the UK’s Equality Act (2010), we have witnessed a proliferation of support for minority rights and movements, especially from the younger generation, often praised as progressive and liberal. Yet, in UK higher education, there are growing evidence and concerns of racial and ethnic inequalities in the experiences and outcomes of minority ethnic students. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 42 undergraduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees, we explore the nuances in racial perspectives as we highlight three contemporary student discourses of racism: the naïve, the bystander and the victim. Implications for policy and practice are suggested.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
ID Code:93139
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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